While politicians, such as Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, have called for the dismantlement of the police, her colleague in the House wants to go much further. Representative Ilhan Omar laid out a much different America while at a press conference in Minnesota on Tuesday, as she piggy backed off calls for police reform to something much more drastic.
At the conference, Omar said, “We can’t stop at criminal justice reform or policing reform. We are not merely fighting to tear down the systems of oppression in the criminal justice system. We are fighting to tear down systems of oppression that exist in housing, in education, in health care, in employment, and in the air we breathe.” Part of her plan includes providing “homes for all,” because house ownership is more likely for a White family than for a Black family. She continued, “As long as our economy and political systems prioritize profit without considering who is profiting, who is being shut out, we will perpetuate this inequality.” Omar advocated for the passage of the Green New Deal, stating that environmental racism is a real thing. She was supported in her statements by her fellow “squad” member, Representative Rashida Tlaib, who wrote on Twitter, “My sister @IlhanMN said it best: We must begin with dismantling the whole system of oppression wherever we find it. Pass it on.”
What has been viewed as a call for communism in the United States has sparked fierce backlash from politicians. Senator Blackburn, in particular, called on Omar to resign. In a tweet, she said, “Ilhan Omar took an oath to defend and protect the Constitution, not shred it. Omar and her Marxist comrades are a threat to our Democracy. Omar should resign.”
Ilhan Omar has come under scrutiny this week for paying her husband’s consulting firm more than $878,000 since 2018. Omar’s Congressional campaign is her husband’s biggest client. While the Congressman wants to dismantle the system, ironically, she is directly benefiting from it economically.